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Police on the trail of dirt-bike riders

CONCERNS about the use of off-road motorcycles within the City of Kalamunda have emerged, with reports of riders carrying jerry cans close to an area where a suspicious fire was started.

However, Forrestfield Police say there is no conclusive link between the riders and the fire.

A post within Facebook group Forrestfield, Kalamunda and Surrounding Areas Crime Alerts/Watch about a bushfire that occurred in Forrestfield around 5pm on January 8 sparked concerns, with several residents claiming to have seen dirt bike riders carrying jerry cans close to the area of the fire which started in bushland opposite Dawson Avenue near Hicks Street.

While Strike Force Vulcan officers are asking two trail bike riders to come forward in relation to the fire, Forrestfield Police acting Senior Sergeant Dwayne Skehan said there was likely no link between the riders carrying jerry cans and the fire.

“A lot of neighbours said that area was being used by off-road motorbikes earlier on in the afternoon,” he said.

“I can’t see any link between a person carrying a jerry can into the bush lighting the fire, to me they are two separate things and from what I’ve seen, they are just refuelling their bikes in the bush.

“The jerry can was seen two hours before the fires started and to be honest, it’s so hot and dry you wouldn’t need an accelerant.”

Sgt Skehan said off-road motorcycle riders in unauthorised areas was a concern to him.

“They have to ride down the road to get into the off area so that’s illegal and also a hazard for everybody,” he said.

“It doesn’t stop, it’s ongoing, every suburb we have complaints about off-road motorcycles being used by people that don’t care about the public and doing the right thing.

“Obviously if someone gets injured then it’s a real risk and danger to the community.”

Strike Force Vulcan officers are currently looking to speak to the riders of two white trail bikes seen in the bushland area prior to the fire.

The cause of the fire is being treated as suspicious.

Any members of the public who were driving in the area around the time of the fire who have dash-cam vision are asked to come forward and anyone with information regarding the fire can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crime

Rewards of up to $50,000 are available for information that leads to the identification and conviction of an arsonist.

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